US embassy cable - 00HARARE2028

U.S. GOVERNMENT ELECTION SUPPORT ACTIVITIES

Identifier: 00HARARE2028
Wikileaks: View 00HARARE2028 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 2000-04-13 15:28:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KDEM EAID ZI
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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 5745
INFO SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
SECDEF WASHINGTON DC
CIA WASHDC
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 HARARE 002028 
 
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UNCLAS HARARE 002024 
 
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E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KDEM, EAID, ZI 
SUBJECT:    U.S. GOVERNMENT ELECTION SUPPORT ACTIVITIES 
 
BELOW IS A COMPILATION OF USG ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF 
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LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD FOR ZIMBABWE'S YEAR 2000 
PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS PREPARED BY THE USAID MISSION IN 
HARARE: 
 
BACKGROUND: THE U.S. GOVERNMENT (USG) IS PROVIDING 
SUBSTANTIAL ASSISTANCE TO SUPPORT ELECTION ACTIVITIES IN 
ZIMBABWE.  THIS ASSISTANCE RANGES FROM SUPPORTING DOMESTIC 
MONITORING TO AUDITING THE VOTERS' ROLL.  MOST 
SIGNIFICANTLY, USG ASSISTANCE IS PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR 
10,200 DOMESTIC MONITORS, WHICH AT THE CURRENT NUMBER OF 
POLLING STATIONS AMOUNTS TO THREE MONITORS PER STATION.  WE 
ARE ALSO PROVIDING TRAINING TO POLITICAL PARTIES FOR POLLING 
AGENTS, AND IF PREDICTIONS STAND, THIS WILL RESULT IN SIX 
POLLING AGENTS PER STATION.  ALL TOLD, THE USG IS PROVIDING 
TIMELY AND IMPORTANT ASSISTANCE THAT WILL HELP TO ENSURE 
THAT ELECTORAL SYSTEMS WILL BE MONITORED, AUDITED, AND 
STRENGTHENED. 
 
DOMESTIC MONITORING 
------------------- 
 
--   SUPPORT TO THE ZIMBABWE COUNCIL OF CHURCHES FOR 3,000 
  DOMESTIC MONITORS AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA EVENTS. (IRI) 
 
--   SUPPORT TO THE NATIONAL CONSTITUTIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR 
  7,200 DOMESTIC MONITORS. (OTI) 
 
--   NOTE: THERE ARE EIGHT CSOS THAT ARE FIELDING A TOTAL OF 
  17,150 DOMESTIC MONITORS.  THIS INCLUDES:  CCJP (1,500), ZCC 
  (3,000),  ZIMRIGHTS (1,400), FODEZI (1,000), NCA (7,200), 
  ZIMBABWE FELLOWSHIP (1,000), EFZ (2,000), MET FOUNDATION 
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  (50).  IF THERE ARE 3,600 POLLING STATIONS, THEN THIS 
  EQUATES TO APPROXIMATELY FIVE MONITORS PER STATION.  WE CAN 
  CONFIRM THE ZCC AND NCA NUMBERS WHICH MEANS THAT THE USG IS 
  PROVIDING FUNDING FOR 10,200 DOMESTIC MONITORS WHICH AT THE 
  CURRENT NUMBER OF POLLING STATIONS AMOUNTS TO THREE MONITORS 
  PER STATION.  FUNDING OF MONITORS FOR THESE OTHER 
  ORGANIZATIONS IS IN PROCESS.  THE ELECTORAL SUPERVISORY 
  COMMISSION HAS CALLED FOR A MINIMUM OF FOUR MONITORS PER 
  STATION AND WITH THESE ESTIMATED NUMBERS, THAT GOAL WILL BE 
  ATTAINED. 
 
--   TRAINING OF TRAINERS' WORKSHOP FOR POLITICAL PARTY 
  POLLING AGENT TRAINERS:  720 TRAINERS REPRESENTING SIX 
  PARTIES WILL BE TRAINED.  THESE TRAINERS WILL THEN TRAIN 
  THEIR RESPECTIVE POLLING AGENTS.  THE NUMBER OF POLLING 
  AGENTS FOR EACH PARTY IS AS FOLLOWS:  MDC (8,000 TO 10,000); 
  ZANU-PF (8,000 TO 10,000); AND ZUD, ZIP, UP, AND SAPU (TOTAL 
  FOR ALL FOUR PARTIES: 120).  ALL TOLD, 20,120 POLLING AGENTS 
  WILL ALSO BE MONITORING THE ELECTION.  IF THERE ARE 3,600 
  POLLING STATIONS, THEN THIS EQUATES TO APPROXIMATELY SIX 
  POLLING AGENTS PER STATION. (NDI) 
 
REVIEW OF THE VOTERS ROLL 
------------------------- 
 
--   SUPPORT TO FODEZI TO REVIEW THE VOTERS ROLL AND CONDUCT 
  A VOTER'S ROLL AUDIT.  A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF HOUSEHOLDS 
  IN 30 CONSTITUENCIES WILL BE TESTED.  IF RESEARCH SHOWS VAST 
  PROBLEMS, FUNDS MAY BE UTILIZED TO MOUNT A COURT CASE TO 
  STOP ELECTIONS.  TRAINING OF 120 ENUMERATORS WILL BEGIN IN 
  THE SECOND WEEK OF APRIL FOR FIVE DAYS IN EACH CONSTITUENCY. 
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  (IRI) 
 
VOTER EDUCATION 
---------------- 
 
--   SUPPORT TO LEGAL RESOURCE FOUNDATION TO CONDUCT VOTER 
  EDUCATION. (IRI) 
 
CODE OF CONDUCT 
----------------- 
 
--   A NUMBER OF WORKSHOPS HAVE BEEN ORGANIZED TO BRING 
  TOGETHER SIX POLITICAL PARTIES TO DEVELOP A CODE OF CONDUCT. 
  ALL THESE PARTIES, INCLUDING ZANU-PF, HAVE AGREED TO SIGN 
  IT.  NEXT STEPS INCLUDE MORE WORK ON ADVANCING THE CODE WITH 
  ZANU-PF. (NDI) 
 
ELECTORAL SUPERVISORY COMMISSION (ESC) 
--------------------------------------- 
 
--   SUPPORT TO A LOCAL NGO (ZIMBABWE WOMEN'S RESOURCE 
  CENTER AND NETWORK) WHICH WILL CHANNEL AND ACCOUNT FOR 
  RESOURCES TO THE ESC FOR ADMINISTRATIVE AND LOGISTIC ISSUES 
  RELATED TO THE ELECTION. (OTI) 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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      IO-00    LAB-01   L-00     NSAE-00  NSCE-00  OIC-02   OPIC-01 
      PM-00    PRS-00   P-00     SP-00    IRM-00   STR-00   TRSE-00 
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R 131528Z APR 00 
FM AMEMBASSY HARARE 
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 5746 
INFO SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY 
SECDEF WASHINGTON DC 
CIA WASHDC 
NSC WASHDC 
 
UNCLAS SECTION 02 OF 02 HARARE 002028 
 
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UNCLAS HARARE 002024 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS:    KDEM, EAID, ZI 
SUBJECT:    U.S. GOVERNMENT ELECTION SUPPORT ACTIVITIES 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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STUDY TOURS 
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--   STUDY TOUR FOR EIGHT REFORMERS TO WASHINGTON, DC TO 
  MEET A WIDE RANGE OF SENIOR U.S. PUBLIC OFFICIALS, POLITICAL 
  PROFESSIONALS, AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS TO SHARE INSIGHTS ON 
 
  DEMOCRATIC REFORM IN ZIMBABWE AND LEARN FROM POLITICAL 
  ACTIVISTS IN THE U.S. (IRI) 
 
--   STUDY TOURS FOR POLITICAL PARTIES AND GOVERNMENT 
  ELECTORAL OFFICIALS TO VISIT REGIONAL ELECTION COMMISSIONS 
  AND MONITOR REGIONAL ELECTIONS.  ALL TOLD, FOUR TRIPS WERE 
  CONDUCTED AND ELECTION REFORM ISSUES WERE IDENTIFIED.  BASED 
  ON THESE TRIPS, ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS BEGAN WHICH FORMED 
  THE BASIS FOR THE WORK ON A CODE OF CONDUCT. (NDI) 
 
MCDONALD UNQUOTE 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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